Alberto Contador fighting to stay in Vuelta a España contention

Alberto Contador admits he can't afford to lose any more time if he's to have a chance of winning a fourth Vuelta a España title

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Three-time winner Alberto Contador is fighting to stay in contention for the 2016 Vuelta a España after losing time in the first three days this week to favourites, including Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Contador and his Tinkoff team lost 52 seconds in the opening team time trial to stage winners Sky. The following day, when the Vuelta delivered a 30% final climb from its menu, he paid again. Froome, Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) rode away with 28 seconds on the Mirador de Ézaro.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.